No Bake Virtual Cookie Exchange


(Due to some technical difficulties, this post is republished from 11/29/18)

First, thank you to Carol at Just Let Me Quilt who has sponsored this for many years.  Oh yes, I did promise a giveaway and you will find it at the bottom of the blog….but first TRADITIONS!

There are many Christmas Traditions that I love: candles, wreaths, lessons and carols,  trees and holiday punch. My mother always made a whiskey sour punch – she was famous for it. Her secret ingredient was one can of beer to the whiskey sour recipe on the mix she bought. Everyone loved it, and, as the five children grew up, yes we did taste it.  I don’t think any of us loved it, but we pretended to!

Onto some fun for you! I made two things to share in this exchange. One is a set of placemats and the other is the cookie recipe. For some reason, I had a hard time thinking of what I wanted to do….I don’t know why. Part of it is that we decorate, but not excessively.  I have a friend who it took 2 months and 28 box from storage to decorate (I miss you Trudy).  So, I decided I would purchase a Jolly Box from the Fat Quarter Shop and whip up something when I saw what I got.  Cookie Cutter Placemats are what I did!

Cookie Cutter Placemats:
8 Fat quarters and 1 Yard of Backing Fabric. [North Pole by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda] 3/4 yard fusible
2 cookie cutters – house and tree (use anything you like or have)


Make the strip sets

  1. First sew the strip sets together to make the left and right side.
  2. Left side strips ====> 3.5″ strip |1″ strip | 2.5″ strip | 1.5″ Strip
  3. Right side strips ====> 1.5″ strip| 2.5″ strip

Make the Blocks – do not attach to strip set yet

  1. Blocks Top =====> 1.5″ strip| 2″ strip ( 2 different fabrics in this version)
  2. Sew Top unit to block. ( 2 different fabrics for the block)
  3. Block Bottom. ======> 2″ strip | 1.5″ strip
  4. Sew Bottom unit to block


Make Block Center [check fusible instructions & follow them]

  1. Iron fusible to the fabrics for the Trees, Houses ( 2 different fabrics in this version)
  2. Trace 2 houses on each fabric for the houses, trace 4 trees.  Cut them out.
  3. Fuse to the blocks, let cool, & remove paper (use pin to score to help remove paper)
  4. Sew around images, I used invisible thread and a small zig zag (1.5, 1.5 settings on my machine.

IMG_4979.jpegAssemble the runner, attaching Left Strip Set/Block/Right Strip Sets.

Finish as Desired: I pillow-cased these placemats, directions follow.

  1. Layer the top and bottom right sides together on top of the batting.
  2. Leave a hole to turn the placemat right sides out.
  3. Sew together with 1/4″ seam. Trim Corners.
  4. Push out corners through the hole and turn inside out.
  5. Roll the edges with your fingers and press.
  6. Use a narrow stitch to go around the placemat.
  7. Quilt as desired ( I went down all the long seams and around the inside of the block).

Now for the reason you are reading this….the cookies!

cookie_exchange_cutter_333_017.jpgThe cookies I’d like to share are Quick Fudge Cookies. These are fast! fast! fast!  cookie_exchange_cutter_012.jpg

I have made these a gazillion times, and for my allergic son I substituted the following:  margarine for butter, more oatmeal/coconut for the nuts/soymilk for the milk.  It works just fine.  I made these in less than 15 minutes while making dinner the other night.


Here is the giveaway Alpine Ice bundle – given to me by Island Batik.   Very easy – please leave a comment with how you follow my blog.  Comments need to be made by 11:59 PM December 3rd!

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  1. dezertsuz
    November 29, 2018 / 2:09 AM

    What a cute idea to make the placemats. Thank you for the directions. That is a very cute line of fabric! The cookies look great. I think I had some at a party once and I liked them. 15 minutes? I can do that!

  2. lee
    November 29, 2018 / 4:48 AM

    Love the cookie cutter place mats …. and the cookies recipe! thank you – I am a follower on Bloglovn!

  3. November 29, 2018 / 6:07 AM

    I love this cookie. My mom always made them and now I try to. They are perfect to make little birds nests with jelly beans and Easter time too. One of my favorite fabric designers is Stacy Iest Hsu and those place-mats are too cute. Thank you for your fun post. Merry Christmas!

  4. Lisa Marie
    November 29, 2018 / 6:28 AM

    The placemats are so cute! What a fun way to make a holiday table festive. I follow your blog on my blogger dashboard/GFC.

  5. November 29, 2018 / 7:09 AM

    Hi Kathleen! Oh that fabric for your placemats! It plays so nicely together, and I really love the white print with all the different holiday words. What cute little cookie cutters for the appliqué pieces, too. A fun box! Those cookies look nice and easy!! And potentially gluten-free as well. I need a few more GF recipes in my arsenal. I follow you on WP. Happy Happy Thursday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. farmquilter
    November 29, 2018 / 7:16 AM

    Adorable placemats and what a fabulous way to mix cookies with quilting!! Thank you for sharing your cookie recipe too. I follow your blog via email.

  7. Vicki in MN
    November 29, 2018 / 7:26 AM

    I follow on Bloglovin. I grew up on those cookies, whenever we needed a little sweet we would make these. My kids loved them too so I continue that tradition almost every year. The placemats are adorable!

  8. Carol Kussart
    November 29, 2018 / 7:55 AM

    Your placemats are really cute–what a great idea you had! I love that fabric too. Those no-bake cookies are the best! I used to make them a lot but since our kids grew up, I stopped. Yours make me hungry for them again. I confess I do not follow your blog but enjoy it when you are on a hop such as this one. Thanks for sharing.

  9. November 29, 2018 / 7:58 AM

    Great placemants, they look so festive. I love no bake cookies! Have a great day.

  10. lewisnancy54
    November 29, 2018 / 8:01 AM

    I love your placemats!! I am really drawn to the designs with homes in them, and have put that one my bucket list. I also love your cookie recipe. I, too, have made it a lot and it is one of my son’s favorites.

  11. November 29, 2018 / 9:12 AM

    I was pondering what to make with my Jolly box fabrics too. The placemats are a great idea! Those cookies look yummy, and so easy! I have to add that to my ever-growing cookie list. Thanks, Kathleen!

  12. November 29, 2018 / 9:17 AM

    I love these cookies. Years ago on the box of Quaker Fruit and Oatmeal they would print different oatmeal recipes. Once they had a chocolate oatmeal cookie recipe and they were the best. It was different than the current chocolate oatmeal cookie they have on their website. Gee I miss eating all those cookies.

  13. November 29, 2018 / 9:41 AM

    Your place mats are so sweet and your instructions are great…thank you for the pattern! Anything chocolate rings my Christmas bell so I’ll be giving those cookies a try. Thanks for hopping with us and sharing your traditions, recipe, and that amazing giveaway! xo

  14. Kathy L
    November 29, 2018 / 9:50 AM

    I am an emaiL subscriber Love your little houses..

  15. November 29, 2018 / 9:54 AM

    The placemats are cute, and the cookies sound delicious. I follow through Bloglovin.

  16. Anita L Jackson
    November 29, 2018 / 10:32 AM

    follow at Bloglovin’ and Lovin the Placemats!

  17. November 29, 2018 / 10:43 AM

    What a fun idea to use the Jolly Box Cookie Cutter shapes for table runners. Thanks for the pattern and the recipe. I follow on Bloglovin’ … 🙂 Pat

  18. Elaine Walker
    November 29, 2018 / 10:50 AM

    I follow you with Bloglovin. Love your blog and really love these placemats. Thanks

  19. Joan
    November 29, 2018 / 11:34 AM

    We love those no bake fudge cookies. What better way to eat them but with fabulous placemats on the table. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  20. Brenda @ Songbird Designs
    November 29, 2018 / 12:20 PM

    I love your placemats and the no bake fudge cookies!! I receive your blog posts in my inbox via email! Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome fabric!

  21. Janet T
    November 29, 2018 / 1:45 PM

    I follow on bloglovin’. The cookies look yummy!

  22. Colette
    November 29, 2018 / 2:12 PM

    Cute placemats and your cookies look awesome.

  23. Jayne P
    November 29, 2018 / 3:58 PM

    I love the placemats and great cookie recipe. I follow via your website

  24. November 29, 2018 / 4:44 PM

    It all make sense. The cookies need their own placemat. They are the star. I look forward to try your recipe and thanks for the extra tips to swap thing out if you can’t have them. I am always looking for recipes like this. I follow through blogger.

  25. November 29, 2018 / 4:46 PM

    Loved your tutorial….placemats are awesome….love the no bake part of the cookies..

  26. thedarlingdogwood
    November 29, 2018 / 5:01 PM

    What a great idea to use the cookie cutters for templates! We did a craft at my baby shower to make a mobile out of felt and used cookie cutters, but I hadn’t thought of using them for quilts! I follow you via bloglovin.

  27. Jan N.
    November 29, 2018 / 5:09 PM

    Cute placemats and the fudge cookies look delicious. I love anything that includes chocolate, so I’m definitely going to try these cookies. Bonus is that they are fast to make. Thank you for the recipe and the tutorial for the placemats. I’m a new follower on Bloglovin.

  28. November 29, 2018 / 5:27 PM

    I remember those no-bake cookies but without the cocoa and with brown sugar. They were yummy! I’ll have to try this chocolate version. Cute placemats. I just knew you’d do fun stuff for today!!

    • November 29, 2018 / 5:29 PM

      I forgot to say that I subscribe by email. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

  29. Barb K
    November 29, 2018 / 5:42 PM

    I have made a similar version of your cookies–will try yours! The house and tree applique are great for the placemats,

  30. November 29, 2018 / 6:19 PM

    Cute placemats!! and the recipe looks yummy!

  31. November 29, 2018 / 7:07 PM

    Thank you for the instructions for the cute placemats and the yummy looking cookie recipe. I follow you on Bloglovin and via email.

  32. November 29, 2018 / 8:28 PM

    Such cute placemats. And no bake cookies are a winner every time.

  33. Lj Meyers
    November 29, 2018 / 9:27 PM

    So…your a new blog for me. I’ve added you to my reader, Feedly, so that I can follow you. The runner couldn’t be any more perfect – Cookie Cutter Runner! I must make these cookies for my son. He talks about a no-bake cookie that he had growing up when he was elsewhere. I’ve never been able to duplicate what he remembers. This may just be the recipe we’ve been looking for. Thank you.

  34. November 29, 2018 / 9:56 PM

    Very cute place mats! My family loves Classic No Bake Cookie that is very similar to this one. I love coconut, so I will give this one a try.

  35. Jan Snell
    November 30, 2018 / 8:37 AM

    Yay! Those were my mom’s go to cookies at anytime of year. But we seldom saw them at Christmas. She always had the supplies on hand and could whip them up with very little notice. I follow your blog as a favourite on my iPad. Meaning I check in whenever I have time.

  36. Verna
    November 30, 2018 / 9:11 AM

    I remember my mother making these cookies when I was a kid–they were so good! I’ve tried several times, but they always turned out a sticky mess and nothing like I remember. Might need to try again. I follow by email. Your cookie cutter placemats make me want to make an appliqué quilt using all my mother’s vintage cookie cutters.

  37. November 30, 2018 / 10:05 AM

    Great cookie idea for Christmas, Kathleen! I made those with the children when they were little. Great use of your Christmas fabric and cookie cutters! I follow by email.

  38. selina
    November 30, 2018 / 9:17 PM

    Your cookies are right up my alley, no baking. Also love your placemats and the mini tutorial. Thanks

  39. December 1, 2018 / 1:13 AM

    I love haystack cookies. It was the first of the family Christmas baking recipes that I taught my daughter. Thanks for being part of the hop, sharing your cookie cutter blocks and the gorgeous giveaway. I follow your blog by email. 🙂

  40. December 1, 2018 / 12:41 PM

    Those cookies sound really tempting! We don’t have an oven, so I might have to try them 🙂 And your placemats are very fun! I follow your blog via email.

  41. Teri
    December 1, 2018 / 1:38 PM

    I happily follow your blog by e-mail. Thank you for sharing these adorable placemats and cookie recipe.

  42. December 1, 2018 / 5:55 PM

    Those cookies sound tasty and I was delighted you included an allergy friendly version as one of my family is dairy free and another is wheat free. I’m looking forward to giving this recipe a go! Loving the cute placemats too. I follow your blog by email.

  43. December 1, 2018 / 11:34 PM

    Love the new way to use cookie cutters. I’ve never done applique before – but you make it look so cute and easy to do. And we make a lot of cookies at my house so cookie cutters on a placemat is the best idea.

    PS I now follow you on bloglovin. Looking forward to seeing more projects!

  44. Fauntie Phillips
    December 1, 2020 / 10:25 AM

    So glad you posted the recipe. My Mother always made these and added chow mein noodles as my sister is allergic to nuts. She called them Haystacks!
    I love your blog and have been following it for quite some time as I too am Canadian.

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